William Edward "Billy Jungle" Rilling
1950 - 2021
BORN
1950
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services West Ridge
3801 W. 26th St.
Erie, PA
William "Billy Jungle" Edward Rilling, age 70, of Erie, passed away peacefully at 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Erie on June 16, 1950, a son of the late William A. and Naomi L. Crawford Rilling.

He was a 1968 graduate of East High School and earned his degree in Health, Phys Ed and Recreation at Slippery Rock State College in 1973.

Billy had a vast array of stepping stones before opening Jungle Express in 1979. Some will remember him as a Presque Isle Lifeguard, a Gerente-geral at WMDI-FM, a phys ed teacher, a wrestling coach, a driver's ed teacher in Millcreek Township Schools, and he was also known as DJ Dollar Bill at WJET-FM/ JET Broadcasting, Inc.

As Bull Mangani (Head Gorilla) at Jungle Express, Bill delivered balloons in a gorilla costume on a moped. The business quickly evolved from birthday grams into decorating proms, weddings etc. He especially enjoyed visits to multiple generations of families as Santa Claus, with his wife Charlene as Mrs. Claus.

Bill not only spent his time decorating Erie, but made as many people as he could laugh and smile (most definitely a legacy that few can truly claim). He knew everyone and everyone respected him.

Billy pursued many interests including playing billiards. He was the 2005 City Street Pool Champion. Bill was a disc golf enthusiast. Bill and Char lovingly raised Jack Russell dogs. He especially loved being a grandpa.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Kelly of Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife Charlene Rilling; two stepdaughters, Melissa Hitz (Scott) and Carrie Savoia (Dominic) and two grandchildren, Lorenzo and Giovanni Savoia.

Friends may call at the Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services, West Ridge, 3801 W. 26th Street (at Powell Avenue) on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed at www.facebook.com/BurtonQuinnScott. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Send condolences and share photos with the family at www.BurtonQuinnScott.com.

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Published by Erie Times-News from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2021.
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Billy and I were good friends during our years at Wayne School. I lived at 1211 E. 7th St. During those years. Billy lived around the corner from me...on the second floor above his grandparents. I was always welcome there and treated kindly by Billy's family. We played basketball in their driveway...whiffle ball and football in the vacant lot at E.7th and Hess. Billy was proud of his aquarium and amazed me with his knowledge of all the fish in it. We also played over at the old East HS...climbing the walls and steps and using the tennis courts. Billy's parents were always concerned about his asthma. We walked to Wayne School together...always on the lookout for empty pop bottles. We would take them to Hess Ave bakery or Steve's Confectionary and cash in for pop...chips and candy. I moved away from the neighborhood during 6th grade...to the West side of town. Billy and I lost touch...bumped in to him several times over the years and would always have a few laughs. I know he gave a lot of joy and positively impacted hundreds of people...during his "Billy Jungle" years. But I remember him as a childhood friend from the hood of my youth. ..
William J Peters
Friend
March 7, 2021
Char, So sorry for your loss! He was a fun guy. Remember seeing him at our reunion. He was somebody everybody in Erie knew. I know you have any wonderful memories with him. Sending lots of love to you & your family!
Fran Clemens Andres
Friend
March 7, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Paul Warner
Acquaintance
March 6, 2021
We will miss you. God bless your family. I have many fond memories
Pam Caswell
Family
March 6, 2021
So very saddened by Bill's passing. He & Char have been a VERY IMPORTANT part of our family & our family tradition.
Love & prayers to your family.
Dilene (Kaliszewski) & Ralph Maloney
Dilene Maloney
Friend
March 5, 2021
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